Red card for Jules Koundé (Sevilla FC)
Of course, you can’t use that at all in such a balanced and fair game so far. After a battle of words on the sidelines, Jules Koundé simply throws the ball into Jordi Alba’s face from close range. Clear dismissal!
Frenkie de Jong crosses for Abde Ezzalzouli, who hits the outside netting from the left side of the box. You’ve been waiting in vain for a top-class player since the break tea.
Gavi with the second misconduct within a short time. Its technical quality is undisputed, but maybe it just runs out of breath after the intense last few weeks.
Even the wet grass is not enough as an excuse: Bono’s tee shot lands directly in the side, crashing into the roof of the coaching bench.
The game continues to be dominated by corners. Ousmane Dembélé tries directly, Bono only plucks the ball down after he has followed up.
Julen Lopetegui takes this as an opportunity to sit down for a while and not stand shouting at the edge of the field, as was the case for long stretches of the first round.
Meanwhile, the Andalusians show a clearly improved face and have the higher proportion of the game.
Again not a bad variant, Thomas Delaney heads from the long corner only half a meter over the crossbar.
Eric García does not look at all well when Rafa Mir passes next to him and enters the sixteen unobstructed. The attacker immediately takes the next corner out with one shot blocked from an acute angle!
Second corner kick for Sevilla FC. And again it’s a rehearsed variant! The only briefly executed standard is finally hit on the second post, where Thomas Delaney is completely blank. However, the Dane’s volley sails clearly over it.
For the second time in a short period of time, Gavi is illegally interrupted by Joan Jordán. The home side’s midfielder still comes around the yellow box.
Even at the beginning of the second round, one cannot speak of an open exchange of blows. Barcelona are keen to take over the game dictation again.
The official number of spectators is known: 31,358 spectators found their way into the stadium, which was built in the 1950s, despite the bad weather.
It goes on without a change! Busquets will probably play through, Xavi is missing due to his yellow card in the next league game against Mallorca, which is scheduled for January 2nd.
Kick-off second half
In the heavy rain in Seville, FC Barcelona had the significantly higher proportion of the game. 6: 1 corners speak a clear language. And yet one attempt from the corner flag was enough for the hosts to take the lead with a stroke of genius: Ivan Rakitić played the ball flat into the sixteenth, where Papu Gómez rushed into the left corner and passed it on from ten meters. The youngsters Abde and Jutglá would have been responsible for the Argentine. The equalizer before the break was a classic set goal again, Ronald Araújo headed into the far corner.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 1: 1 by Ronald Araújo
Now the guests also hit a corner! It is your sixth attempt from the corner flag. The Dembélé cross from the left is passed on to Ronald Araújo from ten meters into the far corner. Fernando is left behind in the air duel.
Yellow card for Papu Gómez (Sevilla FC)
Now Karim Rekik’s Ousmane Dembélé gets a little too much space, Papu Gómez helps out with a tackle.
Ball in the tip of Papu Gómez on compatriot Lucas Ocampos, but the ball jumps out of the goal. The soaked course does not of course contribute to the quality of the game.
Is it now developing into a soccer game with two participating teams or not? At Sevilla FC they don’t seem to know how to make the right decision as to whether they shouldn’t let the guests control the game with the lead behind them.
The game is picking up speed. Again, Karim Rekik is in the center of attention, this time in his own sixteen: Ousmane Dembélé, he straddles sparkling clean to meanwhile the fifth corner for the Catalans.
Now the hosts are daring to take cover! A Gómez cross from the left only lets Marc-André ter Stegen clap to the side, where the advanced Karim Rekik cannot do much from a tight angle.
Yellow card for Thomas Delaney (Sevilla FC)
Barcelona immediately put the forward gear back on. The former Bremen and Dortmund resident Thomas Delaney has been cautioned for a tactical foul on Gavi.
It was the Andalusians’ first shot on goal of the game, Marc-André ter Stegen had nothing to do so far.
Goal for Sevilla FC, 1-0 through Papu Gómez
Seville takes the lead out of nowhere! A rehearsed corner version brings success: Ivan Rakitić plays the standard flat in the sixteen, where Papu Gómez rushes in from ten meters and places the ball precisely in the lower left corner!
The home side still has the worm. Lucas Ocampos with a completely unsuccessful change of sides, the long-range shot by Ousmane Dembélé can only fend off Bono forward. There, Diego Carlos is just clarifying.
On the other side, Fernando steps on the foot of Ferrán Jutglà. The experienced Brazilian, who has just returned from a yellow card suspension, shouldn’t have complained about a warning.
This is how it can go! Thomas Delaney is surprised himself that he has so much space in the opposing half. A quick start and then over to Rafa Mir, who doesn’t shoot too far past the left corner from 20 meters.
A win by Lucas Ocampos on the right wing is celebrated frenetically by the local fans. But the Argentine immediately returns the play equipment, no other player rushed to his aid.
Are the Andalusians now taking a little more courage? It doesn’t look like it, it’s back on the defensive basic order immediately.
And suddenly the leather wriggles in the box behind Marc-André ter Stegen! But of course, Rafa Mir can never stand that free. The attacker trained at FC Barcelona is clearly offside at the moment of the long pass from his own half.
The home side’s first foray was promising, and since then they have barely made it over the middle line. Strange appearance so far.
Double header in the Sevilla penalty area, but Ronald Araújo gets no pressure behind the ball and only puts it in front of Jutglá, who is offside.
Next Jutglá from the second row. This time he misses the long range shot clearly to the right.
Julen Lopetegui already looks completely served at this point in the game, and that is not only due to the continued heavy rain. His protégés are currently only running after them.
The Catalans are seizing the scepter more and more. Jordi Alba finds the skull of Frenkie de Jong with a precise half-field flank, who however falls a little behind on the right post.
Ferrán Jutglà simply holds onto it from the second row, but chases the leather far past the left post. Ousmane Dembélé gives the youngster to understand that he would have been very happy about the external pass in this scene.
Yellow card for Busquets (FC Barcelona)
The Barça captain does not have the slightest chance of winning the ball when boarding against Lucas Ocampos.
Ten minutes have been played, and a clear tendency cannot yet be discerned in this game.
Ferrán Jutglà climbs the highest on the second post, but does not get the ball pushed.
In the duel with Ousmane Dembélé, Karim Rekik comes way too late, so you could have thought about yellow at this point. Dangerous free kick position for the guests.
Lucas Ocampos does what is probably the most sensible thing on the deep lawn: he simply passes the ball in the air with the hoe.
The conditions are more than adverse, despite the well-tended lawn, the play equipment is slowed down by a puddle from time to time.
A lively start for both teams! A cross from Ousmane Dembélé has to clear Fernando, who has recently moved into the defensive chain, with his head to the side.
The match starts with possession of the ball for the Blaugrana! It is headed by Carlos Del Cerro Grande.
Flamenco, sunshine and sangria? The cliché is misleading, weather-wise, British conditions prevail. It pours like a bucket.
There are some former Bundesliga players in the starting line-up for this: Ivan Rakitić wears the captain’s armband at Sevilla FC today, for whom the clashes with his ex-club always have a special flavor. Thomas Delaney and Karim Rekik are also allowed to run from the start. Among the Catalans, of course, Marc-André ter Stegen and Ousmane Dembélé should be mentioned.
Even today, many players are not there, but this is due to the bad luck with injuries. The hosts are missing the Argentinians Marcos Acuña, Gonzalo Montiel and Érik Lamela as well as Suso and captain Jesús Navas. Xavi has to do without Sergi Roberto, Pedri, Ansu Fati and Memphis Depay, among others.
Why was the game postponed at the beginning of September? No, it was not due to corona-related failures, the reason was the dismissal dispute between FIFA and the national leagues, which mainly affected the national players of South America. International matches were scheduled for that Friday, and the game on the weekend was only possible without the South Americans.
Seville, on the other hand, is already very far removed from the Blaugrana with ten points ahead. The Andalusians themselves have more of the front runners Real Madrid in their sights, could come up to three points today. Julen Lopetegui’s team set an exclamation point in the title fight with a 2-1 home win over Atlético Madrid at the weekend.
The youngsters can no longer recommend themselves on the big stage this season, after all, FC Barcelona missed the Champions League round of 16 for the first time in 20 years and are now moving one floor down against Napoli. Financially, too, it would be extremely important for the Catalans to reach the premier class again next season. With a win today you could overtake fourth-placed Rayo Vallecano on points.
On the other hand, Ferrán Jutglà should be mentioned, who after the opening goal against Elche is also with a professional goal for the Blaugrana, but only needed one try. The 22-year-old attacker recommended himself with his booth at the Maradona Cup against the Boca Juniors in Riyadh (1: 2 after penalties).
FC Barcelona has new shooting stars! On the one hand there is the 17-year-old midfielder Gavi, who, along with Ter Stegen and Busquets, is one of the three players who have started in each of the eight games since Xavi took office, and who made it 3-2 at the weekend -Home success against Elche was able to look forward to his first professional goal.
Have a nice evening and welcome to the LaLiga catch-up game between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona! For one of the teams, it’s about staying on the heels of Real Madrid leaders. Spoiler: It’s not the Catalans. It starts at 8:30 p.m. in the Andalusian capital!
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